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19,000 Children Have Crossed The Border Alone/Sexually Abused at San Antonio Facility?

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Texas governor Greg Abbott says that his office has received tips from those inside at least one facility in San Antonio that children are in fact being sexually assaulted.

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Ku Klux Klan wants young refugees shot dead

The Ku Klux Klan has made a resurgence in headlines recently, most notably for their call to shoot and kill young refugees coming to America, and then to “leave the corpses” at the border.

A crew from Al-Jazeera America met and filmed two hooded Klansmen to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border issue.

One man, who was identified as Robert Jones, a grand dragon in the Klan, said with concern to the growing number of child immigrants, “These people are criminals to begin with when they cross our country.”

Jones continued by saying:

“They’re gonna continue to break the law when they’re here. They’re bringing with ’em the third-world diseases…

If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of ’em off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping immigration.”

Later in the video, the Klansmen made mention of how the immigration issue has sparked growth and support for the Klan, but they would not give any backing information.  “People want to see more rallies,”said one of the hooded men.  “They’re begging us to come to their town.”

This is not the first time this year the Klan has been in the news though.  In July, citizens in South Carolina woke up one morning to find bags of candy in their yards and on their doorsteps, courtesy of the KKK.  Each baggie read “Save our land, Join the Klan,” followed by a Klan emblem.

These baggies of candy also had a telephone number on the bag which, if dialed, connected the caller to a recording of an individual decrying immigration, according to FOX Carolina.

Despite these efforts, and what the Klansmen told Al-Jazeera, the number of Klansemen have been dwindling over the years with their ranks only getting smaller, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lecia Brooks of the SPLC, has said these recruitment efforts, as well as weekend rallies and other recruiting methods, are a sign the Klan is standing on their last leg, and this is a “last gasp” or the Klan t regain support.

House Republicans let their own immigration bill fail without a vote

Rather than see the bill defeated, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) withdrew legislation Thursday, which would have addressed the U.S.-Mexico border crisis involving  thousands of immigrant children.

This comes just before the August recess, which means no further legislation will be able to be voted on by Congress or reach the the president’s desk concerning the border issue until the House reconvenes in September.

The bill was going to be voted on party lines as Democrats almost universally opposed the bill.  However, an estimated 20 House conservatives were said to be voting against their Republican allies, which would have resulted in the defeat of the legislation.  Those Republicans who opposed the bill said, according to the Washington Post, “the proposal did not address the core issues,” and the scaled down $659 million price-tag was enough to solve the issue.

Originally, the proposed bill would have come with a price of $1.5 billion, which would have drawn some Democrats to the bill.  This still fell short of the $2.7 billion House Democrats proposed, and the $3.7 billion the president asked for, but the few votes crossing the aisle would have helped ensure something was going to get done.

Instead, the House Republicans slimmed the bill down in hopes of getting more Republican support, but this ultimately drove the Democrats who would have voted with them away.

Even without full support though, leaders of the House Republicans released a joint statement, according to FOX News, saying the “situation shows the intense concern within our conference — and among the American people — about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws.”

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he was disappointed at how quickly support for the bill eroded, but hoped this would put more pressure on President Obama to act on the issue.  “In many ways, it was his actions and inactions that caused the crisis on the border,” said Rogers.  “He has the authority and power to solve the problem forthwith.”

House Republicans released a statement, according to the New York Times, saying even though they did not vote on the bill, “There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shifted the attention from the president back onto the House Republicans saying, “Because of their actions with this supplemental bill, they really have no standing to talk about meeting our moral obligation to have a humanitarian solution to the problem at the border.”

Granting temporary legal status a possibility for illegal immigrants

As the debate on illegal immigrants grows with every child and person who crosses the border, the president and his administration are considering giving the millions of immigrants temporary legal status.

Before President Obama’s June 30 announcement to use his executive powers to move forward with immigration reform, the president blamed House Republicans and their unwillingness to stand up to the Tea Party when it comes to immigration reform, according to the Hill.

In his Rose Garden announcement last month, President Obama said, “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing…And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”

Even before this, the president said he had no authority or power to change the immigration laws in the U.S.

Now, according to TIME, pro-reform activists say the president will be seeking to give millions of illegal immigrants “temporary relief from deportation,” which would protect them and allow them to work in the U.S.  These claims come almost a month after these activists met with the president, where he disclosed his plan was to act before November.

Until then, the president and his administration are looking into how far they can legally and politically go to protect the millions of immigrants from deportation, according to Politico.

In a similar move, President Obama and his administration want to begin screenings to grant child immigrants from Honduras refugee status, according to CBS News.  The administration hopes this will slow the influx of youths into the country illegally, while allowing the children to escape gang violence throughout the Central American country.

This plan is similar to the plan proposed by senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.  According to New York Magazine, this plan would increase the number of refugee applications already available to countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, but the time for deportation would be lessened.

Screening for refugees is not a new plan of action for the U.S. government though.  In the 1990’s, the U.S. began screening children in Haiti to give them refugee status, while immigrants from El Salvador were granted temporary protective status starting in 2001.

According to the NY Times, critics of this plan are claiming the administration would only increase the flow of immigrants to the U.S. as the legal definition of refugee would be changed.

As of now, the recognized definition of a refugee in the U.S. is a person or group of people who are fleeing their country on the basis of fears of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a given social group.